‘Cut for a Cure’: Hawaii salon offers free hair styling for cancer survivors
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For cancer survivors, every day is a gift.
A salon owner in Waipio is sharing her gift with others who live with debilitating diseases.
Faith and family drive Glorey McCaleb to embrace every opportunity and challenge.
“The doctor told me ‘you’re lucky if you live 10 years,” McCaleb said.
In October 2012, McCaleb’s life was turned upside down.
“It is the 10th year anniversary for me being a survivor. I was diagnosed for polymyositis. It’s an auto-immune disease and it is maintainable, but not curable. The doctor had told me before that I’m lucky if I live 10 years, which is why this 10th year is a big celebration for me,” she said.
She marks each year with a charity event — a Cut for a Cure — to raise money for local patients and the American Cancer Society. Her salon, Hair Creations by Glorey, is offering $57 haircuts and styling next Saturday, October 22.
This year, she’s also giving free hair cuts and styling for cancer survivors.
And don’t worry if you’ve lost your hair.
“If the patients need a wig, I’d be more than happy to give them a wig and style it the way they want to,” she said.
McCaleb has been there -- losing half of her own hair.
She says every day is still a struggle. Her disease causes weakness, fatigue, and muscle inflation, making it painful for her to move.
She undergoes chemotherapy every Saturday and takes medication.
She says cutting hair and being with her clients is a form of therapy.
“My husband, my family, my BFFs are the one that’s motivating me to stay strong. Do it for my kids,” McCaleb said. “A lot of people asked me, how do you do it? How do you run two companies, as a full time mother, as a full time wife, I believe that if you think positive all the time, you know, what goes on in your mind if you think positive. If you have a goal in your life, if you have hope, and always pray for God’s blessing. He always finds a way, you know, he always makes it happen.”
The salon is at 94-1144 Ka Uka Blvd Suite #3. Cancer survivors who can’t make it on Oct. 22 can schedule a free service for another day. To make an appointment, call (808) 691-9747 or visit haircreationsbyglorey.com.
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